It must be almost-Spring, now that we’ve entered Daylight Savings Time. Soon, the community will be even busier with outdoor (& indoor!) activities, & we’ll try to keep you posted. We add neighborhood events to our website calendar (www.eastmountairy.org) as we hear about them, so check from time to time.
Congratulations & thanks to the Mt. Airy/Chestnut Hill Teachers Fund. They’ve distributed $17,500 to teachers at local schools —- teachers who otherwise would have to pay out of pocket for student activities & supplies, or do without. As you can imagine, requests for help have increased as the School District’s cuts have deepened.
Fund founder Ken Weinstein & the Fund’s working committee were able to distribute grants to 45 public school teachers in Northwest Philly this year. Amy Cohen, former Masterman teacher (& Philadelphia teacher of the year), oversaw the process.
On the topic of education, a local graduate student is looking for local families with young children to interview about choosing food for their families. Neri DeKramer’s doctoral research is investigating food choices as reflective of changing ideas about the environment, parenting, & childhood. It is NOT a medical or health study. A smaller group of respondents will be asked to participate in a more in-depth study.
If you’d be willing to participate in Neri’s study, contact her at 267-265-0821 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Congratulations to Jimmie Reed, (owner of Little Jimmie’s Bakery/Cafe at 6669 Germantown Ave., & long-time EMAN supporter), on the opening of his 2nd location. Little Jimmie’s Coffee Company is now open for business at 26 W. Maplewood (in Maplewood Mall).
Speaking of food, you might be interested in attending the WMAN fundraiser, “Eat Your Heart Out”, on April 5th. The evening begins with a cocktail party, & then guests proceed to the homes of 15 hosts for special dinners prepared by local chefs. Reservations/tickets are required. For more info, visit WMAN’s website: www.wman.net
If drama’s your passion, 2 excellent plays will be produced in Mt. Airy this month & next.
The Allens Lane Theater (Allens Lane Art Center, Allens Lane & McCallum) is currently presenting Peter Shaffer’s comedy Lettice and Lovage through March 22nd. (No, that’s not a spelling error; Lettice is the character’s name.) For more info, reservations & tickets, go to www.allenslane.org
Quintessence Theatre will present another of its popular modern adaptations of classical dramas. Eugene O’Neill’s Mourning Becomes Electra will be performed at the Sedgwick from April 2ndthrough 27th. Visit www.QuintessenceTheatre.org for dates, times, & ticket info.
While it may be hard to even imagine it, Summer will be coming, & families will be looking for activities for their kids. We have2 fabulous Summer day camps in the area, & both are offering discounts if you register before April 1st. Both are very popular, so we urge you to check them out soon.
Awbury Arboretum offers a number of camp sessionsthroughout the Summer, each with a focus on nature. Dragonflies & butterflies, myths & legends, & a kinder, gentler version of “Hunger Games” wilderness survival skills are some of the offerings. Go towww.awbury.org for details or to register. (20% discount before April 1st, & some “camperships” are available.)
The Allens Lane Art Center’s Summer Arts Camp has been a neighborhood mainstay for decades. Ceramics, theater, music and other arts, with a healthy splash of physical activities as well! Visitwww.allenslane.org for info. (15% discount before April 1st.)
Primary elections are around the corner, & Mt. Airy has always had a high percentage of voter turnout. There’s a new website created by the City Commissioners that offers all kinds of non-partisan information. Whether you’re a voter (& we certainly hope you are!), a candidate for office, or conducting research,www.PhiladelphiaVotes.com provides detailed info in a user-friendly format. There’s mapping of polling places & district boundaries, & you can access budget & spending info, & keep track of what the department’s doing with our money.
Mt. Airy Day is May 3rd this year (rain date May 4th), & the beautiful Cliveden of the National Trust will again be the venue. We need lots of volunteers to pull this off. We’re introducing an online sign-up for volunteers this year, & will send details & a link soon. In the meantime, if you know a student who needs community service hours, or an adult who wants to help make Mt. Airy’s biggest party happen, tell her/him to stay tuned & keep the date open!
The next EMAN Community/Board Meeting will take place on April 1st at the EMAN Office (Wiedemann Building, Lutheran Seminary Campus, 7301 Germantown Ave.). The Board meets in Executive Session at 7 PM, & the community is invited to join us at 7:30. Meet the neighbors who work to keep the community strong. Better yet, join them! EMAN would be able to do more with more volunteer energy.
You can support EMAN by becoming a member, any time of year. You can join at our website (www.eastmountairy.org) using PayPal. If you’d prefer to pay by check, drop us an e-mail (email@example.com) & we’ll be happy to send you a form.
I had a nice phone call from a young woman who’s considering buying a house in East Mt. Airy. She & her husband have researched several neighborhoods, & ours is their favorite. They’ve been spending time here, & she wanted to ask a few questions, to find out more about what it’s like to live here.
While we were talking about the neighborhood — our restaurants, our active arts community, our historic buildings & beautiful gardens, our special events, & our wonderful diversity & spirit of cooperation — I was reminded of how much we take for granted, because we’re used to living & working here. It really is a special place!
Let’s enjoy Spring together!